Any comments as to whether or not I'm interpreting this development correctly?
Most SSYS and DDD machines are used as development tools doing the work formerly done by pattern or model makers. Hurco will make similar plastic prototypes on the same machine used to then make the metal parts eliminating he need for separate 3D machines while reducing programing steps to make the parts. Anyway that is how I'm interpreting this development.
I have no idea really, but I would think you would want your 3D printer as a stand alone device. Seems like there is way too much cutting fluids sloshing around on the CNC machines. Still think they can be complimentary, but not sure they will be in the same enclosure.
I'm visualizing that this would be a removable attachment to the head of the CNC milling machine making use of the sophisticated software positioning the head. The cutting fluid pump would not be turned on. The costly part of a 3D printer would be the positioning device, software and controls, all already present on the CNC machine. All that needs to be added is the nozzle device to lay down the layers of melted plastic. Sounds like a cheap alternative for someone who has a Hurco CNC mill and has limited need for 3D printing.